Police Body-Worn Camera Legislation Tracker

Laws governing how and when police body-worn cameras can be used and whether the footage is released vary considerably across the country. Use our legislation tracker, which we will update periodically, to find out more about passed and pending legislation in your state.

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State-by-State Breakdown

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Currently passed legislation Proposed or pending legislation Both

State-by-state breakdown

More details about each law are available in the desktop version of this feature.

Currently passed legislation Proposed or pending legislation Both

Current Laws Applicable to Body-Worn Cameras

Prohibits only audio recordings

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Current Laws Applicable to Body-Worn Cameras

Requires two/all-party consent

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Current Laws Applicable to Body-Worn Cameras

Restricts recordings where privacy is expected

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Current Laws Applicable to Body-Worn Cameras

Exempts police from public records requests

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Laws Specific to Body-Worn Cameras

Creates or recommends a study group or pilot

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Laws Specific to Body-Worn Cameras

Dictates where and when cameras can be used

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Laws Specific to Body-Worn Cameras

Restricts public access to footage

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Laws Specific to Body-Worn Cameras

Prescribes video storage time

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Nancy G. La Vigne and Margaret Ulle

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Tim Meko and Ben Chartoff

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Fiona Blackshaw and Dan Matos